Padres @ Dodgers August 30, 2013: Volquez Is Real

August 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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As expected, the Dodgers officially signed pitcher Edinson Volquez today; also as expected, reliever Chris Withrow was optioned out to make room. No one freak out, please; the ten-day rule isn’t in effect since the minor league seasons are coming to an end, and Withrow can (and almost certainly will) be activated on Tuesday. As I said the other day, I’d be surprised if he even left the team to join the Isotopes — and no, this doesn’t affect his availability to be on the postseason roster.

Volquez will start out in the bullpen, reports Tony Jackson, though he’s expected to get “some” starts. He has only four relief appearances in his career, and three of those came back in 2005, so it’s not exactly something he’s accustomed to. He’s also got a 2010 PED suspension under his belt (as does tonight’s Padres left fielder, Jesus Guzman), but no one will care about that because he’s not Ryan Braun or Alex Rodriguez.

Padres
Dodgers
RF
Denorfia
RF
Puig
CF
Venable
LF
Crawford
2B
Gyorko
SS
Ramirez
1B
Alonso
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Guzman
C
A.Ellis
3B
Forsythe
CF
Ethier
C
Hundley
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Cedeno
3B
Uribe
P
Stults
P
Ryu

San Diego tosses old friend Eric Stults at the Dodgers tonight, and Stults has been by far the best Padres starter this year. That’s sort of not saying much since San Diego has basically the worst starting rotation in baseball, but Stults has been pretty good — 3.72 ERA / 3.32 FIP — and he was someone I always liked when he was in Los Angeles, so good on him.

Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after Wednesday’s hustle incident, and he’s again back at leadoff ahead of Carl Crawford. Otherwise, Don Mattingly rolls out the usual lineup behind Hyun-jin Ryu… although I say “usual” know that could change at any point, because Matt Kemp starts in center field for the Single-A Quakes tonight after playing designated hitter (and going hitless) last night.

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